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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Thoughts: Looking for Group by Rory Harrison


Dylan doesn’t have a lot of experience with comfort. His room in the falling-down Village Estates can generously be categorized as “squalid,” and he sure as hell isn’t getting any love from his mother, who seemed to—no, definitely did—enjoy the perks that went along with being the parent of a “cancer kid.”

Now that Dylan’s suddenly in remission, all he’s left with is a lingering OxyContin addiction and a hunger for something—anything—but the life he’s known.

His only escape has been in the form of his favorite video game—World of Warcraft—and the one true friend who makes him feel understood, even if it’s just online. Dylan met Arden playing Warcraft, and now he wants to take her on a real mission, one he never thought he’d live to set out on: a journey to a mysterious ship in the middle of the Salton Sea.

But Arden is fighting her own battles, ones that Dylan can’t always help her win. As they navigate their way west, they grapple with Arden’s father (who refuses to recognize his daughter’s true gender), Dylan’s addiction, and the messy, complicated romance fighting so hard to blossom through the cracks of their battle-hardened hearts.

Hey Friends,

I had no intention of reading this book. In reality I hadn't heard a thing about Rory Harrison's Looking for Group until it came in my Quarterly Box. Even when it came, I thought maybe I would never get to it. However, after a couple weeks, I decided to give the first 50 pages a try.  I enjoyed those 50 pages enough to keep reading.

Looking for Group is a story about a boy who has miraculously defeated cancer and is now trying to navigate life. Looking for Group is about a girl who was born a boy trying to find a community that accepts her. The two have found one another through their video game. They have now come together in real life- on a quest of self discovery.

I liked this book, I didn't love it. It was a very meh book for me. Even now I find the story fading from my mind (and I've only finished it a few days ago).  I liked Dylan, he has just come through a very taxing time and his support team (ie/ his mother) was crap. I am going say this right now- Dylan DOES NOT have a drug addiction. I do not understand why this is even presented in the synopsis. His addiction does not exist. I needed to get that off of my chest.

As I said, I liked Dylan and I liked Arden and I liked their relationship. Dylan identifies as gay and is confused when he finds himself attracted to Arden- who is a transgendered. Dylan's struggle with this was pretty amazing to read. He really was unsure if he was being an ass in his feelings for Arden- he recognized her identity as a woman and respected that, but physically she was still male and he was so worried he was being disrespectful- he could not figure out his feelings. This is my favourite part of the book.

Really, not a lot happens in the Looking for Group- there isn't any real struggle to be found in the book. I understand this story is supposed to be a coming of age tale, but I didn't really get much of that either. It's not a bad story, it's just not very believable- it didn't feel authentic. However, in saying that- I am glad this book exists and I am glad that it features two protagonists that are vastly underrepresented in YA literature.

Overall, Looking for Group may not have been the best book I've ever read. But I was never bored while reading it- I still enjoyed it. But it wasn't a memorable story for me.

~Happy Reading Everyone


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz




Deep beneath the waves, King Triton’s powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost—keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal’s longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can’t believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew.

A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they’ll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does. Luckily, they seem to have a talent for locating missing magical objects.

As Uma readies for the high seas alongside Harry, son of Captain Hook, Gil, son of Gaston, and the toughest rogues on the Isle of the Lost, the reformed villains of Auradon devise their own master plan. And with King Ben away on royal business, they won’t have to play by all the rules. Using bad for good can’t be totally evil, right?

The thrilling, perilous race to the trident puts old friends—and current enemies—against each other with the future of Auradon on the line. Both teams might like to make waves, but only one will come out on top of this one.



Hi everyone,

Today I'll be reviewing the third book in the Descendants book series. Let's just start off with how much I loved the Disney channel movie (yes I'm 27 and probably shouldn't be watching it, but it's Disney so I have too), or just how excited I am for the sequel this summer!

The first two books in the series were fantastic and I thought it was just a fun idea to have a book series for this world. Seeing how my favorite Disney characters grew up and having kids just honestly makes me feel, well, old. Beast shouldn't have a teenage son named Ben, because that just means I'm super old...

But enough on that.

I loved the addition of Uma, daughter of Ursula. What a great antagonist! (Side note: can't wait to see her in the new movie this summer). I was also happy Lonnie was in this one as well. I just wish Ursula herself would have been included; imagine the terror that would have been brought to Auradon if she had made an appearance! I think too, Uma was too much focus of the story; I wanted more Evie, was she even in this?

My only other negative was that this book had a lot less humor and jokes in the dialogue. Book one was so much funnier in comparison and I'm wondering if this is due to just where the book flows in book chronologically; it'll be between the second book and the upcoming movie. I get they wouldn't want to spoil any of the movie plot, but a few more jokes or digs at the parents would have been nice. I always enjoyed when Mal would make fun of her mother.

I loved all the little Disney references throughout; they did this with the other two books and I'm glad that it was included in this one. The beginning mermaid festival reminded me of the beginning of The Little Mermaid movie and the whole setup of how Ariel meets Eric.

It's such a fast plotted book that I read it in a day and a half, because I didn't want to do anything else but read it. That's what so great about these books and the uber amount of Disney goodness that is inside them. I remember reading the first one and thinking I was back in junior high, because that's just how much I loved it.

I missed the plot being set in Audadon though; I loved the idea of ships and getting to visit the Isle again, but Audadon remembered me so much of Halloweentown that I wanted more of the plot to be set there.

This was a great summer read and high on my to-read list. It was one book I actually made myself read the day it arrived in the mail; I didn't want it to be like the others where I pre-order and then forget to read it until Christmas. I'm probably just so excited for the movie the book couldn't wait.

If you liked the movie or the first two books I can see you liking this one. No it's not as good as the other two, but still an enjoyable read as we get to see what the crew gets up to in-between the movies.

4 out of 5 star read for this.

Until my next review,

Stefanie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: A New Model:What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham & Rebecca Paley




Ashley is on the leading edge of a new generation of women breaking ground and demolishing stereotypes, transforming our ideals about body image and what is fashionable. A woman who proves that when it comes to beauty, size is just a number, she is the voice for the body positivity movement today and a role model for all women—no matter their individual body type, shape, or weight.
In this collection of insightful, provocative essays illustrated with a dozen photos, Ashley shares her perspective on how ideas around body image are evolving—and how how they aren’t; the fun—and torture—of a career in the fashion world; her life before modeling; and her path to accepting her size without limiting her dreams—defying rigid industry standards and naysayers who told her it couldn’t be done. As she talks about her successes and setbacks, Ashley offers support for every woman coming to terms with who she is, helps her bolster her self-confidence, and motivates her to be her strongest, healthiest, and most beautiful self.


Hi everyone,

I'm about to get real here: I've never been one that's had high self-esteem or really ever been comfortable with myself. It's taken me a couple years now to finally be able to not constantly critique myself. When I heard this book was being published I knew I had to read it.

I'm so happy I did!

This book was beyond excellent. Ashley Graham is not only one of the best role models out there, she faces the harshest critics around. I was actually just talking about this issue with my co-workers about common sense and online haters. Every year there's always someone that posts about being nice to people at the beach and not to hate if someone is wearing a two-piece. The fact that people even need to post this disgusts me; we shouldn't have to post pictures telling people not to shame other people, but then again common sense these days is unfortunately not very common. I can only imagine the haters Ashley Graham has to deal with on a daily basis and publicly too. I can't imagine dealing with all those online trolls when it came to her Sports Illustrated cover and all the hateful words she received from it. She includes some of the comments in this book and I myself, couldn't believe them.

Ashley is one kick-ass bad-ass and I want her as my best friend.

After reading this book I've really taken on a "I don't care what people think of me" attitude; I'm focusing on doing me and not caring about what haters think. Ashley Graham is so good at dealing with the haters and for all the body positivity she's promoting, and I think this book came at just the right time. Not only did I devour it in one sitting, but I loved just how positive Ashley is about her own body. I loved the pictures included and it was really interesting to read about how she met her husband. I loved the Beauty Beyond Size movement because really, beauty has no size. Everyone is beautiful just the way they are.

I realize this review is a bit shorter than normal and less of a review than a soap box moment to promote body positivity and being happy with yourself, but I feel like most people have a moment in their lives where they don't like themselves. I feel like everybody should read this! Honestly, I felt happy while reading this book and couldn't help but smile after finishing it and feeling like I am enough, not matter what people say.

Not in a while have I related to a book so much. While some chapters are on her modeling career and  I couldn't connect with those on a personal level, all her personal tales on life was a breath of fresh air. This one will be on my bookshelf for a long time and will be one I pick up when I need a reminder that I am awesome the way I am- and everyone is awesome the way they are right now in this current moment (that wasn't meant to sound preachy, hope it didn't.).

Solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Let me know if you've had the chance to read this book; I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Until my next review,

Stefanie

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sara's May Wrap Up






Hello Friends!

I am- like most of you, I'm sure- astonished that it is already June.  How? This year is just flying by. I am can barely handle it. May was a fairly good month, busy, but good. Over the long weekend some local bloggers and myself were able to have dinner with Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, and it was pretty fun. She was in town for KeyCon, and we spent a few hours discussing books, book conventions, what actually goes into making a book into a movie (it's a long and complicated process), and so on. She was lovely and as always it was fun to hangout with my local blogging buddies. Other than that, May was pretty quiet.


 In May, I binge watched iZombie. I started watching this one by accident and got totally hooked. I was SUPER tired one day and needed something mindless to watch. In comes iZombie.  I watched one episode and than three others, before I knew it I was completely hooked. The show is so clever and funny. I love Olivia and Ravi and Clive- Okay, I am just a fan of everyone. Yes, I know this show isn't for everyone, but it was fun to watch. I am not completely caught up, but I am done with the first two seasons.




The Books:

May was an odd reading month for me. It was completely taken over by Sarah J. Maas. Yup, I read over 1300 pages of Maas text this past month. It was kind of crazy. A Court of Wings and Ruin took me ages to read, I think maybe 2 1/12 weeks, not because I didn't like it/couldn't get into it, only because it was SO long, and I could only read in short bursts. Whew, it was good though.  After that, I went into a kind of bookish hangover and read a lot of crap-  I discovered that Apple has a Kindle app, and I could download it onto my phone, and get all the $1.00 romances I want. So, I read a few.


Number of Books Completed:
 8

Physical Books: 
5

Audiobooks: 
3

Physical Books: 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5 Stars)   Reread
The Dilf by London Hale (2 Stars)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (4.5 Stars) 
Daddy's Best Friend by Londan Hale (3 Stars) 
The Guest House by Sasha Jayne Moretti (3.5 Stars) 


 Favourite Read 




I reread A Court of Mist and Fury in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin. It was great.  I did not imagine how good it was the first time. This was a great reread, and this is for sure my favourite of the three. 

Audiobooks: 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (5 Stars) 
The Unseen World by Liz Moore (5 Stars) 
Seasons of Love by Harper Bliss (3 Stars) 

Favourite Listen of the Month




I have been wanting to read this book for years. I am pretty sure this Russian classic has been on my yearly TBR for the last five years. I finally got to it. It was kind of incredible. Lolita is such a disturbing novel with really messed up content. But there was something about this book. It's wicked and heartbreaking,  SO beautifully written. Anyone who has read Lolita will know what I am talking about. Yes, I am conflicted about liking this one SO much, but I just did. 


2017 Resolutions Update: 

For a full overview of my 2017 goals go here.  

Well, May was an interesting month for my goals. I am a couple books behind on my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I am not to worried about this, I am fairly confident I'll catch up by the end of July. I continue to read more books than listen- this might change this month, but meh. I read at least one 2017 release- A Court of Wings and Ruin. All three of my audiobooks of the month were off my audible library's backlog- I still have a ways to go, but I'm getting there. I may break my buying ban (let's be honest, I already have). And I read Lolita- which was on my list of seven (I only have 3 more from that list to read and more than half a year left to do it). Overall, I am feeling pretty good about my goals this year.  

I have pledged to read 50 pages a day- this may seem not very difficult, but I am very easily distracted and forget to read on some days (I have failed a couple days already), but we shall see. I like giving myself little goals. I even created a tracking spread in my bullet journal- I am very pleased with it.   

May on the Blog 


That's it for my wrap up, I hope you enjoyed. I am busy with a few things in June, which might hinder my reading time, but I'm hoping to read some pretty great books anyways. 

~Happy Reading Everyone

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stefanie's May Wrap-Up


 Hello everyone,

First off; how is it already June? I feel like it should be April. I can't even believe it. Since I work at a junior high, I can't even begin to fathom that exams are looming and before I know it, it'll be July. Honestly I have no idea where the year went. I hope everyone had a great May; I can't wait to see what June will bring us (hopefully nice warm beach approved weather). 

Here's what I read in May:

A New Model by Ashley Graham

Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay

Doing It by Hannah Witton

A Wilder Life by Celestine Maddy

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

The Soul Searchers Handbook by Emma Mildon

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheo

Total Books Read: 12

Book of the Month:


It was another hard choice for my favorite read of the month; May was filled with yet another month of mostly great reads. I got back to my goal of re-reading a book weekly (I know I'll catch up during the summer when I plan to try to re-read two books a week). 

Overall May was a quiet month for me. I saw the new Pirates movie. Was it the best movie of the series: no, but I still really enjoyed it and Jack was just as funny as ever. I watched a couple other good movies on Movie Central: Mistress America, Wild and The Shallows. I personally found Sully the Seagull to be the best part about that movie. I'm not much of a thriller movie watcher, but this one looked interesting from the trailer and I never got around to going to see it in theaters. 



    


And that's basically all I did; I never realized how boring my month sounded until I typed it all out. Now that the weather is finally cooperating I think I'll be outside more walking around and going to see some Goldeyes Baseball games (I love baseball!!). 

I hope everyone has a great June! 

Until my next review,

Stefanie









Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Thoughts: The Unseen World by Liz Moore


The moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood.



This book... what can I say about this book? There have only been few books (recently) that have left me at a loss for words, like Liz Moore's The Unseen World. However, I still feel like I NEED to talk about this book, because honestly, this book is SO underrated and basically on no one's radar and that is such a shame.

First, The Unseen World spans a good chunk of Ada's life. It begins in the mid-eighties, Ada is twelve years old, living with her VERY eccentric single father. For all of Ada's life it has been her and her father, and his band of academics- and ends in 2016 when Ada is in her fifties (don't panic, it's not a massive book, about 450 pages). The story follows Ada as she grows up and begins discovering things about her father and their life that cause her to questions their quiet existence.

This book... during this entire reading (or listening process, I listened to the audiobook), there were several times where I felt compelled to stop listening, go to my bed, turn off all the lights and just cry, deep in the gut sorrowful sobs. Which leads you to believe that this is an incredibly heartbreaking story- it is, for sure, there are some very intense situations and emotions. But the story is more than a sad story- I promise. I just felt so much while listening- I would be at work battling tears, sniffling away and co-workers would walk by and awkwardly look at me (no one asked me if I was okay though-jerks). I never stopped listening though, I couldn't. 

There was SO much growth in this novel- Ada was such an incredible character- her life revolved around her father, David. When his mind began to falter, it was devastating. She was confused and restless and didn't really know how to do life. I felt like she responded in a really mature way for someone her age.  I adored Ada and I was glad for the incredible support system she had, Liston was a wonderful woman and I was glad for her presence in Ada's life.

This is a pretty slow burn novel, it's not face paced or action packed. But I never got bored, not once. The story is compelling enough to keep you reading.

A quick note on the audiobook narrator- Lisa Flanagan- She did an amazing job. Every character had their own unique voice- even Ada as she grew. I really think she did a huge service to this story. Well worth the listen. 

Overall, I adored The Unseen World, and I very glad to have read it. I want so many more people to read this and tell their friends to read it. 

~Happy Reading Everyone

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading



After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

**Review copy received from the published for my honest review**


Hi everyone, 

Today I'll be reviewing an adventure story I'm so glad I got to read. Kitty Hawk is a book series focused on Kitty, a feisty adventurer and someone who I would love to be friends with. I can't lie; I don't think I've read another adventure series that has a girl as the main character. The second best part: the book takes place in Canada! 

I can only imagine what I'd be like if I got my pilot's license; I'd be flying everywhere looking for trouble (or should I say fun!). I mean Kitty gets herself into some trouble with how inquisitive she is about life, but that's what made it so much fun. Life really is one big adventure for Kitty to explore, and we as readers get to learn and explore along with her. 

My favorite part of this book was the short chapters. Mixed in with Kitty's first person narration, this entire book felt like an adventure journal and almost like one of those choose-your-own adventure books. I loved how maps and images were included throughout the pages and I hate (or love) to admit it, but I think I learned a whole bunch about whales from this book. 

Kitty was a fantastic main character. She was kind-hearted towards the whales, but tough as nails when she needed to be. She had a take-no-prisoners attitude! I loved it because it shows girls, that you can be a pilot in a male dominated field. 

My one negative is that Kitty had such an inquisitive mind, that her narration would jump back and forth and at times I had a hard time following along. Her mind jumped back and forth and it was like trying to follow the mind of a ten year old. I mean, it kept me interested to see where the story would go and I felt like she was reminiscent of Six from Blossom, with her fast talking and sharp wit. 

This is the first book of the Kitty Hawk series and I can't wait to read book two, just to see what trouble Kitty gets into next. I think I enjoyed it so much as well because I love traveling; granted I haven't been to that many places it felt like I went to the Yukon and Alaska with Kitty. I mean, don't get me wrong I'd take on criminals and stolen gold happily from the pages of a book or TV screen than in real life! 

Anyone looking for a great female-driven adventure story should check this one out.
Solid 4 out of 5 stars. 

Thanks to Books Publicity Service for providing me with a copy to read and review! 

Until my next review,

Stefanie


Monday, May 22, 2017

My Very First Quarterly Unboxing






Hello Friends, 

This week I bring you something a little different. Today I am going to take you through this quarter's YA Box by Quarterly. It's a good one guys, be sure to keep reading.

There are a ton of literary subscription boxes available these days, so many options to cater to your wants and needs. It was a little overwhelming going through all the options- however, being in Canada, these options are SUPER limited, unless I want to spend a fortune. Unfortunately, there isn't a single subscription that is super accessible to us Canadians (at least none that I am aware of, if I am wrong, please enlighten me), the majority are American based who will ship to Canada, but the shipping costs are out of this world.  After looking at all of my options (or lack there of), I thought if I was going spend the money, I was going big. So, Quarterly it was. 

When I first heard about this box, I thought it was absolutely brilliant. An author curated box that arrives on your doorstep four times a year. 

if you haven't heard of  the Quarterly Literary Boxes before, here's the blurb found on the Quarterly website:


Receive three books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods—all delivered to your doorstep.


Doesn't that found fun?


The Box:
(Pardon the photos, it was gloomy and rainy today when I took them- I am also not a professional picture taker photographer). 



So this is what the box looks like when it comes to you. I had to go pick mine up from the post office, as I had to pay duty on the package. It's your general cardboard box, but it has the cute Quarterly packing tape along the edges. 


When you first open the box, this is what you see. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I saw the Warcraft card sitting on top. But I was curious (and still am) about how it fits into the rest of the box.


Voila, this is the inside. I was very exited at this point. I loved seeing the handwritten letter from the author, and her little sticky note on the top of her book which reads, "Oi oi! Check out my annotations inside!



And the books. We get Rory Harrison's (the curator) newest release, Looking for Group, as well and two others which inspired her story: The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Nimona. I am VERY excited for all of these books. Rory's book is full of those blue stickies with her handwritten notes. It's pretty fantastic


The goods. There is a bookmark, a sighed book plate, some wall decals and more. 

I am actually pretty thrilled with this box. The whole concept is brilliant. I really loved reading the author's letter and seeing what inspired her story. I am a fan. My plan was to cancel my subscription after this first box, but I am not sure I will- I think I have been converted. 

Are any of you lit box subscribers? Any you know of I should give a try? Leave me a comment and let me know. 

~Happy Reading Everyone.





Friday, May 19, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo



Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she's ready for something real.



**Thanks for Swoon Reads/ Raincoast Books for providing the ARC**




Happy Friday,

Or should I say happy long weekend! I can’t believe its Friday and I’m so ready for the weekend. I’ve got no plans other than binge watch movies and read as much as I can.

I had the pleasure of getting an ARC of The Truth about Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo. I haven’t read any other books by this author before so I was excited to read a book by an author I’ve never read; plus that synopsis sounds amazing. I love books that take place at theme parks (couple other favorites of mine include Devoured by Amanda Marrone and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer) and it probably has everything to do with how much I love Disneyland.

Alyssa was a great main character; while I didn’t love her at times, particularly when she went sorority/party girl, she still had a great work ethic and took her job as Cinderella very seriously. That was my favorite thing about her, I think for readers who read this will understand that hard work pays off and you shouldn’t take even a summer job lightly. I liked her too that she wasn’t perfect, but made sure she was the best version of herself she could be. She was so strong after her breakup and it was nice to see someone being able to bounce back in a positive way. Talk about epic girl power!

Jake was actually a terrible character and I disliked him from the very first page we got introduced to him. He was so rude and treated Alyssa like complete crap at times, when all Alyssa wanted to do was care for him and work on their relationship. Needless to say, glad he wasn’t around for the entire book.

Then there’s Miller; just his name screams nice and caring. I loved him and how much of a great friend he was to Alyssa. In comparison to Jake, he was the boy you want to know. He was there for Alyssa when she needed a friend and only ever wanted the best for her.

I really loved this book. The setting was my absolute favorite; from the apartments they all share as co-workers to the theme park itself; LOVED IT. That theme park man, I want to live there. Having just finished a musical, it was so cool to me to read about all the behind the scenes working of the park, including sets and costumes; and then the best part: secret tunnels! I know I read about secret rooms in Disneyland, so this only made me love this book more. However, some of the strict rules the cast have to adhere too seemed a bit too strict, but who am I say these aren’t actual rules that other theme parks make their employees follow.

This story was such a fun one and while I went in thinking it would be just pure fluff, it wasn’t. Included were some moments of realness, raw and emotional. Any book that deals with self-worth, body image and self-love really hits home for me. One of the strict rules the workers have to maintain is that all princess have to stay a certain weight and size. This is always a tough subject to write about and Cozzo did a really good job at exploring this topic.

I think anyone as obsessed with Disney as I am would love this book; not only that but it takes place in the summertime and I always get really connected to books that are written in the summer. I feel that summertime is a time when anything is possible.

Solid 4.5 stars out of 5 for this one. After reading this, I’m going to be reading Cozzo’s previous books and I hope they are as wonderful as this one.

Until my next review,

Stefanie

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill




Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.
 What a busy week this has been. We had the Annie matinee yesterday and the first evening performance; I feel like I hardly had any time to read (which sucks). Luckily after this Friday it’ll be back to normal (until next year) to my rather uneventful life, filled with watching bad made-for-TV movies and reading. I’m currently binge watching Blossom, since I realized this week that a channel has started to play two episodes a day of it.

What I did get to read is When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill. I loved her two books under the Ellie Czukas name: Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You're Clueless. Both five star reads, so when I spotted this at the library I knew I'd want to read it. The cover is really adorable too and I read comparisons to the Boomerang series by Noelle August (side note: I really enjoyed that series and it was the first new adult series I had read). 

Can I say though how this book made me feel like I was back in college and then at the same time made me feel very old. 

I was skeptically of Joss when we first got introduced to her; she seemed very self absorbed and had this feeling of arrogance to her. I know when she first met Matt she was in a relationship with someone from high school, but I don't even know how to explain it. She just seemed so self-righteous. Matt was a decent enough male lead, but I guess nothing from him really stood out. 

I think what also took away from the story was the constant back and forth to the present and into the past. We'd go from present day Joss and Matt to some random other relationship. Also those two at times seemed to be complete idiots (how do you not realize that you like the other person after 8 YEARS). I think too that it was just hookup with random other people, hook up with each other, and then go back to hooking up with other people. I also always love the friends to relationship plot line in books and movies (I mean I could write an entire post listing movies and book titles that use this. My personal favorite being the Melissa Joan Hart movie Drive Me Crazy) but this fizzled. I was hoping for a solid relationship story with the expected bumps along the way, but those bumps were complete cliches. Nothing new was brought to the table and I actually questioned if Matt and Joss were really suppose to be together. 

After reading this I guess all I can say is just how disappointing I am with this one. All those glowing reviews built this one up to be my next five-star book. I might check out one of her other new adult books Call Me Maybe, but I hope it doesn't turn out to be another pretty cover victim. 

2 stars for this one and based on how many books and movies that use the friends first relationship after premise, I'm going to bombard you with my favorite books and movies that use that. Beware though; it'll be pure fluff. 

Until my next review,

Stefanie

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Stefanie's April Wrap Up



Hello everyone,

I can't believe it's already May. I honestly have no idea where the time has gone (OK that's a lie; I've been helping with my school's musical as a stage manager and since January it's been nothing but rehearsals. It's been super fun and I can't wait to see what it all looks like when we open- in 6 days! May 10th. The school is performing Annie and I don't think I've been able to get Hard Knock Life out of my head since December. Anyone who loves musicals should come and see it!!! I'm not biased or anything but it's going to be a really good show ;) ) but I'm not complaining. I can't wait for the weather to be nice all the time and I just love when it rains in the spring.



April was another solid month for reading for me; I even managed to get in a couple non-fiction books that weren't cookbooks (I read and own a ton of cookbooks, it's kind of an obsession). I've always been interested in flowers and I read this awesome one called Florest Farms; all about her flower garden and company. I grabbed it from the library since I've followed her blog for about a year and I know it'll be a book I want for my own collection.


Here's what I read this month: 


Love Life Style by Garance Doré



Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund



For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund



When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill



How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake



How to be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy



Whenever I’m with YouW by Lydia Sharp



Dear Emma by Katie Heaney



The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms



You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life by Rebekah Borucki



Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein



The Real Me: Fashion, Fitness and Food Tips for Real Women - From Me to You by Vicky Pattinson



Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly



Total: 13


My Favorite Reads of the Month:

     

It's a tie; I couldn't pick between these two. Kelly Harms has become one of my favorite authors and I've loved the trilogy that Jody Hedlund has created with the For Love & Honor books (all taking place in the 1300s). Also honorable mention to How to Be a Wildflower; I follow Katie Daisy on Instagram and her work is amazing; this book is no exception. Not only did I want to go out and explore the world after reading this, but I was so motivated to get out of my comfort zone, which is what I think Katie Daisy wants you to do. 

Other than the musical, I haven't really done much else, other than attempt to keep a plant alive in my apartment. I'm trying really hard to do so before I start o get into my balcony gardening I have planned for the summer.
I hope everyone had a great April and for one last plug (I apologize) if anyone loves musical, go see Annie! It runs from May 10-12th. 

I'll be back next week for my next review.

Until then,

Stefanie











Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sara's April Wrap Up






Hello Friends, Happy May. I am just going to jump right in and get on with the recap. April was a little nuts. SO let's begin.

Firsts things firsts, I turned 30 in April (on the 7th)-- Wha?!?


I was little bit... uh, stunned that I was turning 30. But the day came and it turned out to be pretty fantastic. I have some truly amazing friends who made me feel incredibly special. So, 30 is here and I am feeling okay. I got a number of pretty great books as gifts, I think I'll showcase them in a separate post though.

A week after 30, a couple friends and myself took off to Vegas for the weekend. It was my first time to Vegas and what a whirl wind it was. It was an exhausting weekend.




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After Vegas (as in after Easter, which meant Lent was over), I joined the team and flew through 13 Reasons Why


I have a few thoughts about this show, mostly in response to the critics. I read Jay Asher's book years ago- 2011 I think, and I remember the general concept of the story, but none of the details. So, I felt like I went into the show blind. I thought it was well done. I really liked Clay- or Dylan Minnette. He was a sweetheart. The show and its content are super controversial- but I think it has an important message.


The Books:

April was a significantly slower month than March. But as you saw- I was busy. BUT- I did a cool thing in April- I participated in my first Buddy Read, My internet BFF Aylee over at Recovering Potter Addict and I, took on the challenge of budding reading The Thief. Essentially this buddy read just comprised of us reading to a certain page and/or chapter that day. The two of use weren't always successful, but it was fun, and I would totally do this again.  

Number of Books Completed:
7

Physical Books:
5 

Audiobooks:
2


Physical Books: 

Confess by Colleen Hoover (3 Stars) 
The Chosen by JR Ward (4.5 Stars)
The Tycoon's Revenge by Melody Anne (2 Stars)
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens (3 Stars)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (4 Stars)

I don't have a particular favourite for this month-  I thought the latest installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - The Chosen - was a pretty great addition to the ever growing series (this was book 15), but it didn't blow me away. I am hoping to read some amazing books this next month.


Audiobooks:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (4.5 Stars)
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (3.5 Stars)

Favourite Listen


This book was SO good!!! I can't believe it took me SO long to finally get to. I loved the audiobook, all the narrators. I am pretty sure I loved Jesper's narration the best. There was really something great about the guy.  If you haven't read this... What are you waiting for? 


2017 Resolutions Update: 

If you want to check out my actual resolutions/goals for the year, check them out here.  

I think I did pretty good job with my reading goals this month. Without really even trying. 
I am on track for the my 100 book challenge. I have still read more books than I listened to- seeing as I only listened to two this month. I read two 2017 releases, The Chosen and Never Let You Go. I read one more from my list- The Thief, and I listened to ONE of my back listed audiobooks- Six of Crows-  I am getting there. 

I think I am going to keep with my audiobook buying ban for one more month. I also would like to read 7 books this month and listen to two from my back list I'm pretty sure this is doable.


That was my April I hope you enjoyed.

~Happy Reading Everyone

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake



All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.


***Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for this review copy***


Hi everyone,


I really hate the weather we're having right now. It's nice one day, snows the next and then we're back to somewhat nice somewhat cold temperatures. I think this messed up my normal reading schedule, because when it was nice out I went for 6km walks and then when it snowed (I really hate the snow), I went and binge read a whole bunch of books.

How to Make a Wish was one of those and I'm really happy I got a chance to read this one. I wanted to read this just based on that gorgeous cover. I'm also really happy I read this one because I'll be the first to admit, I don't always read the most diverse books and it was nice to read something out of my book comfort zone.

I loved the setting. I have a soft spot for any books that take place in a small town or secluded island/ There's just something about those settings I have a soft spot for. 

When we first met Grace I knew I'd like her. Her sarcasm was on point! I loved that her character wasn't perfect and how she, unfortunately, had to grow up way too soon, due to her mother's actions and the fact that her ex-boyfriend went and humiliated her after their breakup. I liked her toughness, she had all these walls up because of her mother and getting shifted around from place to place, which meant she wasn't able to put roots down and find her place. 

Grace's mother was far from the perfect mother; at times I really disliked her at how irresponsible she was in regards to parenting. Some of her dialogue was also so chill at times, I wondered if she actually took parenting seriously. Then she came around and I was able to see where she was coming from and that in her mind, she was doing the best she could being a parent and doing what she thought was right. It's difficult to find fault in her actions when for the most part, she's trying her best, even if I really wanted to jump into the book and tell her off. I guess my biggest problem with Maggie was her need to think she had to be with a man to feel validated and supported (at least that's how I took it), but at the same time I took this as her trying to provide for Grace. As you can tell, I have a strong love/ hate relationship with her. I really enjoyed reading about Grace and her mother's relationship; I actually really loved it. I feel like there aren't many books that deal with parent/ daughter relationships in depth and this one was just beautifully written. 

I loved the first interactions between Grace and Eva. I won't spoil anything but I will say the dialogue between the two made me end up with a wide smile on my face. Eva I thought was a great main character; I enjoyed that she wasn't perfect and had her own flaws and demons to deal with. I think I've read too many books where the characters don't have much to deal with and then make such a big deal about the simplest things. I really like Eva; she was really sweet when you compared her to Grace. I loved the contract between the two and I fully believed in their relationship. It was organic and drew over the book; no insta love or forced relationship for convenience here. 

I can't say I have read many LGBTQ* books before that portray an organic and honest relationship. The one book I read recently had such a forced relationship I didn't believe a word of it and it was just terrible. Also the characters were poorly fleshed out and were so mean to one another. How to Make a Wish is a great book for anyone to read. I found it refreshing, and I didn't find too many cliches. A solid 3.5 stars out of five. I didn't give it a full five stars because I did find some parts to be a bit boring and not necessarily needed to progress the story and I did find myself flipping over some scenes. The cover did match the sweetness of the book and that's what I was looking for. 

Until my next review,

Stefanie


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bookish Spotlight: The Unprotected by Kelly Sokal



They say motherhood changes you.

As a driven advertising executive, Lara James has always put her career before any plans for a family, preferring professional chic to stay-at-home style. But after her father’s death, she realizes she’s ready. More than ready, in fact. Yet pregnancy—something other women seem to accomplish effortlessly, even accidentally—doesn’t come easily to Lara. What began as an adventure quickly becomes a nightmare as she and her husband endure endless IVF treatments, hormone therapy, and devastating miscarriages.

When Lara at last becomes pregnant and gives birth to a daughter, Auden, she believes their determination has paid off. But Auden cries day and night, ear-shattering screams that strip Lara of her nerves and energy. Her life as a sleep-deprived new mother is unrelenting, and, guiltily, Lara can’t help but mourn for what she once had. With her marriage crumbling, Lara is increasingly driven to alarming thoughts and destructive actions she would never have imagined possible before now. Hanging on by a thread, it’s only in her darkest moment that Lara will discover the true depths of her love and devotion—and what she’s willing to face for the family she’s so desperately sought.

Hello Everyone!

I don't often do this pick a book out and feature it her eon the blog, but in the spirit of change, I thought I'd give it a go.

I don't think I have seen many books out there that focus on postpartum depression (that may be just be me and my little bubble though). When I saw talk of Kelly Sokal's debut, The Unprotected, on Twitter,  I knew it was something I wanted to explore. Mental health is a much discussed topic right now (as it should be), and I really appreciate it's presence in fiction. Postpartum depression is a very real condition and it appears in up to 20% of new moms, yet it still carries such a stigma.

So, I will be reading The Unprotected soon, and I would encourage any of you to join me. We can coordinate and maybe have a virtual book club of sorts.

I was lucky enough to grab a little sneak peak into the book- which I get to share with you all below. Enjoy



At thirty-nine years old, all Lara James wanted was a baby. The last two years of baby lust overpowered the previous thirty-seven of pleased childlessness. Her old self would be ashamed of her. Lara didn't care. She doubted the doctor behind the heavy doors, her husband, God, the universe, knew how much she wanted a child, what she was willing to offer in return. The defined curve of her bicep went underused. Her calves could bounce and dance. Unbidden, her hand curved into a loose cup, ready to support the warm, pulsing weight of a newborn skull. Iterations of the word baby or child tickled the soft inner flesh of her lips, waiting to be flung out into the world.

Lara still would not admit how desperate she was for motherhood, not out loud, even sitting quietly in the lobby of the One Hope Fertility Clinic. The calendar on her phone blocked out two hours for an "off-site meeting." Between Lara and Kathy, off-site meant anything from a lunch to woo potential clients, to Pilates, maybe a bikini wax. The dog-eared paper planner inside Lara's smooth briefcase read only: O.H. blood draw and intro. Her bank statements and health insurance forms, the step-by-step guide to filing fertility treatment reimbursement requests spoke the truth: $647 for six months of Clomid; ten ovulation test kits; eight double-pack home-pregnancy tests; co-pays to her ob-gyn; then the $275 out-of-pocket fertility consultation fee. A baby? Priceless. Will wouldn't look for those expenses; finance was Lara's domain. Nonetheless, she alternated between paying with credit and debit cards and handing the pharmacist cash.

Buy the Book:

Chapters/Indigo
Barnes and Noble

There you have it, a look into what I am looking forward to reading. I hope you will join me.

~Happy Reading Everyone 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stefanie's Thoughts: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly



Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.


Hi everyone,

We all know about my Beauty and the Beast obsession, and when I saw this book at the library I knew I had to read it. I mean look at that cover! I always wanted that library from the movie!

It was so great to be back in this world; it felt like this book was a continuation to the animated made-for-DVD sequels Disney produced way back when (all of which I own of course ;) the Christmas one was my childhood favourite). It was really great to see the enchanted creatures get more of a staring role in this, we find out more about the secondary characters like Plumette (can someone write her own book already?!!).

The prologue felt maybe a little out of place at the beginning, but it all makes sense when you finish reading. I actually thought maybe I was reading the wrong book when I finished the prologue, but it didn't fit into any traditional Beauty and the Beast world that I know about.

I enjoyed that this book was able to give us another peek into Belle's and the Beast's relationship and we got to see it grow and come together more. The Beast seemed a bit more toned down in here than the abrasive nature he has in both movies (although, side note: I felt he was more rude in the animated and a bit nicer in the live action) and he seemed to act more human (cue music for Human Again!). It was nice to see their friendship blossom in a different context.

Belle was just as book loving as always and talked about books throughout. Her friendship with Chip was explored some more in here and I just loved her and Chip's scenes together.

Then we come across Nevermore, a place that feels like Narnia mixed with Wonderland. Nevermore is a place where nothing is as it seems and the tale of Persephone comes into the mix. I think I loved Nevermore the best because it wasn't just a textbook world; it was dark and scary and unpredictable. It was different than a Disney tale world, filled with twists and unexpected turns.

The only negative would be how rushed the ending felt, maybe everyone was wrapped up a little too much...I won't give any spoilers away though so I'll end it at that.

However, I loved the short chapters and I basically read this whole thing in one setting. It made me feel like I was back to being a child and I can't lie, I was two when the animated got released. I'm so happy I was able to read this and enjoy the world of Beauty and the Beast again.

A solid 4 star read here and I highly recommend it for any Beauty and the Beast fans. Fairy tales will always be a book love of mine!

Until my next review,

Stefanie

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sara's Thoughts: I Found You by Lisa


A young bride, a lonely single mother, and an amnesiac man of dubious origin lie at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s next suspenseful drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins.

In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.


**Review copy received from Simon and Schuster Canada for my honest review***

Guys, mysteries and thrillers have been my jam lately. I have been finding them SO much fun to read. I love trying to figure out what's happening, who did what, I love it. So when I saw Lisa Jewell's newest thriller I Found You available for review, I jumped on the opportunity- I was pretty excited to get this one read.

I Found You is my kind of book- The story is really a three in one- which is something I love. I really enjoy these intricate, multi-layered stories- trying to figure where they connect, because you know they do, somewhere and somehow.  In this particular story we have a man who has forgotten everything, he doesn't know his name, where he comes from or how he got to the tiny seaside town. Than there is Alice, the single mother with a bleeding heart, who can't help but be drawn to this nameless man. Finally, Lily, the young bride new to the country, whose husband has recently disappeared. Three stories with three narrators and in some way all three are connected.

While Lisa Jewell has a number of novels under her belt, I Found You is the first book I read of her and I am pretty sure I will be checking out her other books, I really enjoyed this read. Sometimes with any type of thriller or mystery novel, they can end up being very predictable and cliche, a been there done that, kind of thing. I did not experience that with I Found You- there were a few times I would assume I had everything figured out and would continue reading through that lens and bam- something would happen and I would be second guessing my theories. This made for a very fun reading experience. I also appreciated that the story was told from the past and the present and trying to figure out how that was also connected. One would think this would become convoluted and confusing, but it was pretty clear what was happening and when.

I Found You is a pretty character based story, and is very much told through the characters and their experiences and feelings. Because of this, you really get to know them and start rooting for them all. I am a fan of stories that are pretty character focused seeing things unfold through their eyes.

Overall, I Found You was a solid read and I am excited to read more from Jewell as soon as I can. I think if you're new to the genre this is a good place to start, it's not to overwhelming (plot wise), but it's still completely engaging and a really enjoyable read.

~Happy Reading Everyone! 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stefanie's March Wrap Up



Hi everyone,

I feel like I was kind of absent on the blog this month; with moving and getting sick, life just seemed to get in the way of blogging and reading. I really didn’t read that much this much either; I fell into a reading slump and nothing I read seemed to be the right book for me. I haven’t really experienced a reading slump that bad before. Thankfully I was able to break it by reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and continuing into my obsession of British reality shows by reading Charlotte Crosby’s book. She’s from Geordie Shore and I loved it, so I followed it up by reading two more biographies from my all-time favourite group Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole. I don't tend to read biographies of well-known people and it's rare for me to actually enjoy them, so this was a big moment for my reading.

What I Watched: 

I was able to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie with my sister during this month. It was actually pretty good. I know I’ll be in arguments about this movie with people because I am obsessed with the animated one. The new song Evermore by Dan Stevens is the highlight from the movie; his version was so good and he has such a great singing voice. The visuals were great too and I loved the inclusion of the feather duster (who I felt needed a bigger role in the animated version). I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Power Rangers on the other hand, not so much.... I've been binge watching Imposters trying to catch up and enjoying the return of Prison Break!

      


What I Read: 

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby

A Whole Lot of History by Kimberley Walsh

Healthy Is the New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love in a "Picture Perfect" World by Katie H. Willcox

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Archie Vol. 2 by Mark Waid


Total: 11


Books of the Month:

        

Fantastic Beasts and Bookman Dead Style (cozy mystery)
I had a hard time choosing between the two of them so I decided to just pick both, shout out to The Possessions for being one of the weirdest books I have read in a long time.

I kind of fell off the re-read challenge I had given myself; I think I’ll be able to pick back up on that in the summertime when all of TV is in repeats and I read like a madwoman. I feel like after I moved and displayed all my books I have so many more books I want to read and re-read. I wish I could read as fast as Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds and then my tbr would be completed and I could just focused on reading as many random books as possible. I’m bad for that when I go to the library and just walk into the fiction section and leave with a bag full of books I hadn’t heard of before.


I hope April will be more eventful in the book department and I hope I can read more. I hope everyone had a great March!


Stefanie
"So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall."
— Roald Dahl